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CEA To Provide Certification Training Programs At EHX Fall 2007


The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and its TechHome Division will provide certification training programs for electronic systems professionals and technology integrators at the Electronic House Expo (EHX) Fall 2007. Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association’s TechHome Division, the show runs November 6-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.

The certification training programs offered at the EHX Fall 2007 will include the Electronic Systems Professional Alliance’s Certified Electronic Systems Technician (ESPA Certified-EST)® and the CEA-CompTIA Digital Home Technology Integrator (DHTI+) certification. Both programs target professional installers working with technology in the low-voltage sector including technology integrators, custom installers, security system technicians, cable, satellite and telecommunications installers, electricians and network administrators.

Named by Tradeshow Week magazineas one of the fastest growing tradeshows in America for the fifth consecutive year, EHX introduces the latest technologies, products and market trends in the custom electronics industry to a growing number of attendees each year. This November, EHX will draw nearly 10,000 industry professionals from across the custom electronics world and showcase more than 250 exhibitors, conference sessions and full-day educational workshops.

“It’s critical to the continued growth of the installed technology industry that installers in the community receive quality training and certification while integrating state of the art housing with custom home technology systems,” said Todd Thibodeaux, CEA’s senior vice president of industry relations and member of the ESPA Board. “CEA and its partners look forward to working with EHX to ensure that custom installers and integrators are provided with the best training available.”

With training a major focus of this year’s show, there will be nearly 100 EHX manufacturer training classes offered featuring product training from exhibiting companies. This allows manufacturers the opportunity to provide product-specific training to EHX attendees covering new product releases, specific product training, technical training, troubleshooting, plus sales and marketing tips.

ESPA Certified-EST is an entry-level, gateway training and certification program developed by the Electronic Systems Professional Alliance, which is a collaboration between CEA, the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA). The Certified-EST program will cover both residential and commercial installations, focusing primarily on low-voltage systems.

The CEA-CompTIA DHTI+ certification is a collaboration between CEA and the Computing Technology Industry Association. DHTI+ is an advanced-level certification, layered on top of the ESPA Certified-EST entry-level certification; however Certified-EST is not a prerequisite. DHTI+ training was developed and is offered by CEA training partner, Bedrock Learning.

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